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Course Name CE Units Cost Host Sign up
CDPA and Infection Control bundle *
4 - core
$75
CDA Buy
California Dental Practice Act *
2 - core
$49
CDA Buy
Infection Control for License Renewal *
2 - core
$49
CDA Buy
Infection Control for the Unlicensed DA
0
$99
CDA Buy
Clinical Teaching Methodology
2 - 20%
$49-$199
CDA Buy
First Smiles for the Dental Team
1 - core
Free
CDAF Buy
The Practitioner’s Guide to CAMBRA
2- core
Free
CDAF Buy
The High Cost of Shortcuts
(online reader)
3 - 20%
TDIC Sign up
Good Intentions-Bad Outcomes
(webcast or online reader)
3 - 20%
$25
TDIC Sign up
Framework for Positive and Effective Interactions (online reader)
3 - 20%
$25
TDIC Sign up
Charting the Course
(webcast or online reader)
3 - 20%
$25
TDIC Sign up
Effective Employment Practices
(webcast)
3 - 20%
$25
TDIC Sign up

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ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
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CDPA and Infection Control bundle

A four (4) CE unit comprehensive bundle of both mandatory courses for licensees of California for Infection Control and California Dental Practice Act; meets requirements of the Dental Board of California by adhering to the CCR 1005 - Dental Board of California Infection Control Regulations - and 1600 - Dental Practice Act. These two courses together will meet all mandatory educational requirements in one interactive educational experience.

These courses are available to members and non-members, have been approved by the Dental Board of California, and upon successful completion of the courses are eligible for 4 (four) continuing education units. Course tuition is $75. Participants will have 180 days from the date of purchase to complete all coursework and will be eligible for a certificate of completion.

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Infection Control for License Renewal

The Infection Control for License Renewal course is designed to meet requirements of the Dental Board of California for instruction by adhering to the California Code of Regulations 1005 - Dental Board of California Infection Control Regulations. This course meets the mandate for license renewal of all California dental license holders and is Dental Board of California approved and is the infection control course required for license renewal for DDS, RDH and RDA. It does not meet the new 8 hour Infection Control education requirement for unlicensed dental assistants.

Learning outcomes:

  • Create and implement Infection Control, Sterilization and Housekeeping Protocols for dental facilities.
  • Identify the levels of disinfection, sterilization requirements and differences in validation of products.
  • Describe and implement minimum standards for infection control within dental practices.

This highly interactive educational experience is available to member dentists, non-member dentists and ADHP staff, and serves as an excellent supplement to staff training. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive 2 (two) continuing education credits. Course tuition is $49. Participants will have 180 days from the date of purchase to complete all coursework and will be eligible for a certificate of completion. Refunds and cancellations will be handled on an individual basis by contacting robyn.thomason@cda.org.

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California Dental Practice Act

This course is designed to meet the requirements of the Dental Board of California by adhering to content for CDPA mandated by regulation to include California Code of Regulations 1600 and shall instruct on acts in violation of the Dental Practice Act and other statutory mandates relating to the dental practice. The course includes information on the structure of the Dental Board, governing bodies, utilization and scope of practice for auxiliaries, scope of practice for dentists, laws governing the prescribing of drugs, citations, fines, revocations and suspensions, mandatory reporter status and license renewal.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify the legal limits on scope of practice and the use of  dental auxilliaries.
  • Describe the legal issues for renewal of license including CE and criminal history reporting.
  • Design patient care, record keeping and staff management, to comply with the legal requirmements of the Dental Practice Act

This interactive educational experience is available to members and non-members, is approved by the Dental Board of California, and upon successful completion of the course is eligible for 2 (two) continuing education credits. Course tuition is $49. Participants will have 180 days from the date of purchase to complete all coursework and will be eligible for a certificate of completion. Refunds and cancellations will be handled on an individual basis by contacting robyn.thomason@cda.org.

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Infection Control for the Unlicensed DA

This CDA online course on Infection Control is for unlicensed dental assistants. This course is designed to provide the didactic background  in preparation for  the clinical portion of the course. This course is solely the 4 hours of didactic instruction as part of an 8 hour complete course in Infection Control. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be prepared to proceed with the preclinical and clinical portion with your course provider.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please DO NOT register for this course if you have not been directed to do so by an approved  provider of "Infection Control for the Dental Assistant (8 Hours)". This MUST be taken in conjunction with an entire 8 hour course. You should be enrolled in such a course prior to taking this online class. Participants will have 180 days from the date of purchase to complete all coursework and will be eligible for a certificate of completion.

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Clinical Teaching Methodology

Clinical Teaching Methodology is a 2 hour course designed to fulfill requirements set forth in the California Dental Practice Act. All faculty members performing clinical evaluation are required to have completed 2 hours teaching methodology. This pertains to dental assisting courses for radiation safety, pit and fissure sealant, coronal polishing, infection control, orthodontic assistant, dental sedation assistant and registered dental assistant in extended function (RDAEF). You will learn basic teaching methodology concepts, techniques for evaluating clinical skills and criteria for selecting effective evaluation tools.

This interactive educational experience is available to members and non-members. Upon successful completion of the course, a certificate of completion will be awarded.

Course tuition is $49 for members and $199 for non-members. After 180 days, participants will be required to repurchase the course.

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First Smiles For the Dental Team

The purpose of this course is to improve the pediatric oral health and overall health of children, birth through 5 years old, including those with special needs, by instructing dental team members on how to screen, assess and provide preventive treatment to children, and provide anticipatory guidance on oral health to young children and their families.

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The High Cost of Shortcuts (online reader)

Shortcuts have their place, but not in dentistry. Incomplete documentation, the omission of necessary procedures and failure to fully inform patients are why even the best dentist will likely experience a lawsuit in the course of a career. This seminar uses real case studies to illustrate why effective patient communication and continuity of care are imperative in delivering excellent dentistry.

After completion, you will understand how to:

  • Overcome patient objections to radiographs essential to quality dental care
  • Create a proactive approach when multiple dentists treat one patient
  • Establish office procedures when patients complain of pain
  • Develop strategies to educate patients on treatment recommendations
  • Deploy effective protocols for medical emergencies

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Good Intentions - Bad Outcomes (webcast or online reader)

Good Intentions Bad Outcomes addresses what to do when a bad outcome is the result of a dentist with good intentions.  Through examination of actual TDIC cases, this course explores what to do when well-meaning dentists encounter patients with unrealistic expectations or dictate treatment.  It also shows how important it is to take a team approach when multiple dentists treat one patient and what to do if facing employee embezzlement.  After completing this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate during the initial appointment to determine if the patient is realistic in his or her treatment expectations.
  • Manage unreasonable patient treatment expectations by recognizing and reacting to warning signs.
  • Agree to and implement an appropriate treatment plan without allowing the patient to dictate treatment.
  • Ensure continuity of care using a team approach with staff and other treating specialists.
  • Place appropriate checks and balances for employees in a business setting to avoid embezzlement.

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Framework for Positive and Effective Interactions (online reader)

TDIC's claims experience shows that the way a doctor handles interactions with patients and staff directly affects the outcome of claims. Miscommunication, unexpected outcomes and lack of information can lead to serious consequences. Using actual claims as examples, Framework for Positive and Effective Interactions will give attendees practical methods for improving their interactions and enabling them to avoid or mitigate potential claims. Examples include encouraging staff to practice outside the scope of their license, firing a pregnant employee, disregarding patient complaints and apologizing without admitting liability. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Establish and implement an office pregnancy policy to avoid discrimination and wrongful termination allegations.
  • Incorporate corrective action practices to improve employee performance.
  • Institute protocols when treating patients with language barriers to secure their understanding of treatment.
  • Understand the importance of ensuring staff practice within the scope of their license.
  • Communicate untoward results without admitting liability.

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Charting the Course (webcast or online reader)

Patient records are one of the most important tools for delivering continuous, consistent care and promoting positive relations with patients. They are vital for supporting diagnostic and treatment decisions. TDIC’s claims experience reveals that the quality of patient charts often impacts case outcomes. Using actual case examples, Charting the Course explores some of the significant features of proper recordkeeping and addresses how new technology is changing the way dentists document and maintain patient records. After completing this course, you will:

  • Understand that a complete patient record is more than just treatment notes
  • Appreciate the importance of thorough and appropriate documentation
  • Realize how recordkeeping affects continuity of care
  • Understand the risks associated with allowing patients to dictate treatment
  • Distinguish the advantages and disadvantages of electronic recordkeeping
  • Be able to implement changes to your own recordkeeping system

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Effective Employment Practices (webcast)

To protect dentists from allegations arising out of the employer/employee relationship TDIC will analyze dentists’ employment practices and procedures, evaluating their exposures, and establishing new systems for documenting and communicating with employees.   Through the examination of actual cases, the seminar will address some of the most common employment issues that dentists face: sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour issues.  Presented by a defense attorney, who specializes in employment litigation, this seminar will address real-world issues, touch on pertinent laws and give practical steps for the dental office.

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The Practitioner’s Guide to CAMBRA

This course moves the practitioner from the scientific basis for Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) as presented in the February and March 2003 issues of the Journal of the California Dental Association to the practical implementation of these concepts into practice. Clinical protocols suggested in the October and November, 2007 issues of the Journal of the California Dental Association were developed by experts in the field of cariology, dental practice, academic research and successful practictioners of CAMBRA.

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C.E. credits must be obtained by California licensees by a Dental Board approved provider. Please refer to the Dental Board’s website for a listing of approved providers that offer online C.E. courses.

New continuing education requirements were adopted in April 2010.

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